9 Night South of Ireland with the Aran Islands

Main destination Aran Islands, Ireland · About Escorted or Guided Tour

9 Night South of Ireland with the Aran Islands

Main destination Aran Islands, Ireland · About Escorted or Guided Tour

Tour Overview

Tour Kerry, the Aran Islands and Connemara while you enhance your knitting with classes from Una McDonagh, Carol Feller and Anne O’Maille

For this 9-night knitting tour you will experience Galway, the knitting heritage of the Aran Islands and Kerry. The Southern part of your tour includes a knitting workshop with Carol Feller, a popular Irish knitter and author of the book Contemporary Irish Knits. Get the chance to discover the beauty of Kerry, explore the town of Killarney and the Ring of Kerry, see the Atlantic Ocean and the highest mountain peaks of the Macgillycuddy Reeks. Also included are workshops with Una MacDonagh, and Anne O’ Maille. Tour includes entrance to Blarney Castle, The Cliffs of Moher and more.

Included in This Tour

• Transfers on arrival and departure by private coach

• Sightseeing as per itinerary in a luxury coach with an experienced driver and accredited guide.

• Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 9 nights

• Irish breakfast daily

• 5 hotel table d’hote dinners

• 4 lunches

• Entrance to the following attractions: Kylemore Abbey, Glen Keen Sheep Farm, National Museum of Country Life, The Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle

• Flight or Ferry to Inis Oírr, Aran Islands, Inis Oírr Guided Tour

• Ring of Kerry Guided tour

• Connemara Guided Tour

• Kerry Woollen Mills Factory Tour

• Basket weaving demonstration with Ciaran Hogan


Workshops/Knitting Activities Included in This Tour

  • Knitting workshops from expert knitting instructors Carol Feller, Una MacDonagh, Anne O’ Maille

Itinerary

Important Note: Attractions, Workshops and Demonstrations May Change According to Availability and Scheduling.

Day 1 Dublin Sightseeing

Start your day with a panoramic tour of Dublin City. Visit the National Museum of Decorative Arts & History where you can catch a glimpse of how Irish people in the past lived. ‘The Way We Wore’ exhibition displays typical Irish clothing and jewellery worn from the 1760s onwards. Overnight in Dublin, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 2 Knitting in Dublin & Travel to Galway

Another day in Dublin starts with a trip to the Constant Knitter where you will meet a local crafts person. After your visit, travel the short distance to Winnie’s Craft Cafe where we meet Pauline Gallagher for a short knitting with wire workshop. On route to Galway visit Tullamore D.E.W. Overnight in Galway, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 3 Craft in Connemara

Connemara is one of the most beautiful unspoiled landscapes around. Visit Spiddal Craft & Design Centre where you will enjoy a demonstration of traditional willow basket weaving techniques. Stop also at the famous Kylemore Abbey which is one of the most visited attractions in Ireland. Finally, visit Glen Keen Farm. Overnight in Galway, Bed & Breakfast included

Day 4 Anne O’Maille Workshop

This morning enjoy an intensive Knitting Workshop with one of Ireland’s best known Aran knitters and designers, Mrs. Anne O’Maille of Ó’Máilles of Galway. Established in 1938, this shop became famous in the 1950s for outfi tting the entire cast of the fi lm The Quiet Man and has done a fabulous business ever since in Irish tweeds, knitwear, and Aran knits. Overnight in Galway, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 5 Inis Oírr (Inisheer), Aran Islands

Depart your hotel in time to get the early morning fl ight or ferry to Inisheer, one of the famous Aran Islands. On arrival, you will be collected by your Aran Island Knitting Instructor Una McDongh. Enjoy a Knitting Workshop, learn traditional methods and stitches the Aran Island way. Tour of the island also included. Overnight Inis Oirr, Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 6 Another day and night on Inis Oírr (Inisheer)!

Today enjoy a baking demonstration of island brown bread and scones along with home-made butter making. Following the demonstration enjoy tea or coffee with the scones! Next participate in a Spinning & Dyeing workshop using local plants & lychens in the traditional manner. Overnight Inis Oirr, Lunch, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast included.

Day 7 Aran Islands to Killarney

Take the early morning ferry to Doolin in County Clare. Take a scenic drive around Clare to the Cliffs of Moher to admire the astonishing views. Travel onward to Kerry visiting Kerry Woollen Mills along the way. Afterward, check into your hotel in Killarney where the remainder of the day until dinner will be free. Overnight in Killarney, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Included.

Day 8 Ring of Kerry & Carol Feller Workshop

After breakfast enjoy a Knitting Workshop with Carol Feller, popular Irish knitter and author of the book Contemporary Irish Knits. After lunch (included) take the Ring of Kerry Tour. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountains, and the varied Atlantic coast. Overnight in Killarney, Bed & Breakfast Included.

Day 9 Blarney Castle & Dublin

Check out of your accommodation and travel Cork to visit Blarney Castle & Woollen Mills Store. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will never be lost for words and have, as the Irish say, ‘the gift of the gab’. Continue to Dublin where this evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner. Overnight in Dublin Bed & Breakfast included.

Prices

7th April 2019, 19th May 2019, 14th July 2019, 22nd September 2019, 13th October 2019

From €2499

Please contact us for full itinerary, up to date availability and prices.

Booking Requirements & Cancellation Information

A deposit of 20% of the total tour price is required to hold your booking. The balance of the tour is due 60 days before arrival. Mastercard and Visa accepted with no additional charges.

Cancellation Policy:

  • 29 days or longer - deposit will be forfeit and non-refundable.
  • 28 days to 15 days - 50% is forfeit
  • 14 days or less -100% of all money paid is forfeit.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.

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